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PCG: The Philippine Coast Guard rendered an arrival ceremony for Multi-Role Response Vessel-4409 (Barko ng Republika ng Pilipinas Cabra), its 8th MRRV under the helm of Lieutenant Commander Joel N Ogorida PCG at the Coast Guard Surface Support Force, Pier 13 today, March 16.

BRP Cabra will be deployed to support the anti-illegal drugs campaign piracy smuggling, illegal fishing, and other forms of lawlessness for conducting maritime security operation and patrol missions to our country.

Thread Indices / Re: Threat index: Fighter talk
« on: Today at 12:05:01 AM »

IHS Jane’s is pleased to provide this Fast Jet Operating Cost White Paper for Saab AB, covering cost per hour of flight calculations (CPFH) for the Lockheed Martin F-16, Boeing F18 E / F Super Hornet, Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, Saab Gripen, Dassault Rafale and EuroFighter Typhoon. IHS Jane’s undertook this project through use of primary and secondary source research, combined with our in-house databases and a modelled assessment of relative cost based on fuel usage. Owing to the differing methods of calculating aircraft operating cost per flight hour and the large number of interlinked factors that affect such a calculation, IHS Jane’s believes that any flight hour cost figure can only be regarded as indicative and that there is no single correct answer to such a calculation.

However, we believe that our results are of considerable merit and provide a useful benchmark when considering the costs associated with operating contemporary high
performance combat aircraft. Based on our research and analysis, IHS Jane’s has concluded the following:

1) The Saab Gripen is the least expensive of the aircraft under study in terms of cost per flight hour (CPFH). This is based on reported costs covering only:

– Fuel used
– Pre-flight preparation and repair
– Scheduled airfield-level maintenance together with associated personnel costs

2) At an estimated $4,700 per hour (2012 USD), the Gripen compares very favourably with the Block 40 / 50 F-16s which are its closest competitor at an estimated $7,000 per hour

The F-35 and twin-engined designs are all significantly more expensive per flight hour owing to their larger size, heavier fuel usage and increased number of airframe and systems parts to be maintained and repaired. IHS Jane’s believes that aircraft unit cost and size is therefore roughly indicative of comparative CPFH

3) IHS Jane’s has been unable accurately to determine the constituent costs of fuel, spare parts, repairs and personnel that constituted each of the aircrafts’ stated CPFH. However, based on a 2005 USAF study of F-16s, IHS Jane’s believes the CPFH is composed of approximately:

– 10-15% Consumable Supplies (small parts, wiring, basic electrical components)
– 20-25% Sortie Aviation Fuel
– 60-70% Depot Level Repair and Systems Maintenance

4) IHS Jane’s believes that individual aircraft or air force CPFH will also depend on the impact of less tangible CPFH constituent factors. Such variable likely to impact CPFH include:
– Flight Profile
– Onboard Systems
– Aircraft Age
– Unit Location
– Sortie Rate


IHS Jane’s stresses that without access to comprehensive military data over a significant timeframe these conclusions can only be regarded as approximate and are an average cost across an entire fleet. Individual aircraft CPFH will vary significantly. However, based on the level of data available IHS Jane’s is able to ascribe the following probability to our results:

• The F-18, F-16 and Gripen CPFH results are the most certain, with good primary and secondary source data supported by logical results from our deductive modelling

• The EuroFighter and Rafale figures are less certain owing to the incomplete nature of the data available, though the comparative modelling output appears to confirm IHS Jane’s estimates

• The F-35 costs remain less certain owing to the absence of actual in-service data; IHS Jane’s does not feel that the modelled fuel cost figure is representative of likely
CPFH costs




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The air force gets its CPFH numbers, dated 26 January, by dividing the of operating and sustainment cost of an aircraft by the number of hours flown to predict future funding allocations.

Northrop Grumman’s RQ-4B survived termination in part by dramatically lowering its CPFH in 2013 and 2014, according to company and air force officials. Its flight-hour costs came down 5.7% in 2015 to $14,030 with 31 aircraft in the inventory.

The aircraft’s 32 manned rivals, the Lockheed U-2S fleet, experienced a 5.9% increase in flight-hour costs and maintained a 68% mission-capable rate compared to the Global Hawk’s 78%.

The air force data shows the service maintaining fighter force of 1,660 aircraft including twin-seat trainers with an average cost of $34,000 per flight hour – the cheapest being the F-16C with a mission-ready rate of 73%, and most expensive being the stealthy, supermanoeuvrable F-22A (67%).

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General Discussion / Re: Service Contract 49
« on: March 17, 2018, 11:54:14 PM »
Alegria, Cebu rejoices: We struck gas!
By: Futch Anthony Inso, Jose Santino Bunachita - @inquirerdotnet Inquirer Visayas / 08:32 PM March 16, 2018

CEBU CITY – Commercial quantities of natural gas and oil resources have been found in the southern town of Alegria, Cebu that can last for 19 years.

The Department of Energy (DOE) and its partner, a Chinese exploration firm, were set to start production of the on-shore gas and oil mining site in Alegria, a 4th class municipality located more than 110 km from Cebu City.

The news was welcomed by Alegria Mayor Verna Magallon who saw the development as an opportunity for the town to improve economic activities and generate more jobs.

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Last March 14, Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi declared that the Alegria Oil Field, located in Barangay Montpeller, has commercial quantities of natural gas and oil resources that can last until 2037.

Cusi made the pronouncement after a ceremonial signing of the Joint Declaration of Commerciality (JDC) between the DOE and service contractor China International Mining Petroleum Company Limited (CIMP CO. Ltd).

In a press release posted on its website, the DOE said exploration and drilling services on the oil field by CIMP started as early as 2009 and was covered by Petroleum Service Contract (SC) No. 49.

An estimated 27.93 million barrels of oil (MMBO) with a possible production recovery of 3.35 MMBO or a conservative estimate of 12 percent of total oil in places (reserves) were found.

For natural gas, about 9.42 billion cubic feet (bcf) reserves were found, with the recoverable resource estimated at 6.6 bcf or about 70 percent of total natural gas in places/reserves.

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Chinese drilling operators and geologists brief DOE officials at the Alegria oil field in Alegria, Cebu province

General Discussion / Service Contract 49
« on: March 17, 2018, 11:48:05 PM »

Parliament: MiG-29s to be phased out by end-2010
Wednesday, 28 Oct 2009

12:00 AM MYT
by zulkifli abd rahman and loh foon fong

KUALA LUMPUR: The Royal Malaysian Air Force’s (RMAF) MiG-29 fighter jets will be gradually phased out and replaced by new interceptor aircraft by Dec 31 2010 due to rising operational and maintenance costs, Defence Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said.

He said replacement aircraft was needed due to increasing maintenence costs and that the MiG-29s were nearing their lifespan limit of 10 years. Two such aircraft had also crashed in 1998 and 2005.

Zahid said only 10 MiG-29s will be used for airspace defence and this will be reduced to six aircraft until December next year.

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“Malaysia bought the MiG-29s at a relatively low price, but later on the RMAF had to contend with higher expenses in spare parts replacement and maintenence work,” he added.

Zahid replied that when Malaysia bought 18 MiG-29 aircraft in 1993, the jet was considered the most capable and versatile fighter aircraft that could be obtained at the time.

He also said that each MiG-29 needed to undergo preventive and restoration work which cost RM10mil and RM7mil for engine overhaul every year after it completes a flight time of between 1,000 hours and 4,000 hours.

“The MiG-29s will be replaced by 18 Russian-made Sukhoi SU30MKM fighter jets which the Government had just acquired,” he added.

Later, at the Parliament lobby, Zahid the cost to maintain the MiGs was too high because the jets also needed to be sent to Russia for overhaul work.

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Thread Indices / Re: Threat index: Fighter talk
« on: March 17, 2018, 09:33:12 PM »

General Discussion / Re: The 5 Pillars of Total Defence
« on: March 17, 2018, 06:18:27 PM »
If the Philippines is to ever have any hope of defending itself against the kleptomaniac dragon . . .

. . . it needs to look beyond tactical approaches, and start to think long term.

OPFOR: Communist Movements / 91 NPA rebels surrender in Maguindanao
« on: March 17, 2018, 06:04:34 PM »
91 NPA rebels surrender in Maguindanao
Arianne Apatan and Noel Elvena, ABS-CBN News
Posted at Mar 17 2018 09:42 PM

Ninety-one members of the New People's Army (NPA) surrendered to military and police in Ampatuan town, Maguindanao on Saturday.

Lt. Col. Lauro Oliveros, commander of the 1st Mechanized Battalion, said they reached out to the rebels through the group's tribal leader.

The rebels belonged to the Teduray tribe living along the boundary of Maguindanao and Sultan Kudarat.

Out of the 91, 8 were regular members of the New People's Army, while the rest were new recruits and participated on different levels.

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Indonesia / Russia to supply of Su-35 fighter jets to Indonesia
« on: March 17, 2018, 05:20:15 PM »
Russia began implementing a contract for the supply of Su-35 fighter jets to Indonesia
Russian Aviaton » Monday March 12, 2018 13:41 MSK

Russia has started to implement a contract for the delivery of Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets to Indonesia, Russian Presidential Aide for Military and Technical Cooperation Vladimir Kozhin said in an interview with Rossiya-24 TV Channel. This reported by TASS.

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"This contract was prepared for two years, this is a complex contract, modern Su-35 fighters, and everything was prepared," Kozhin said.

Such a lengthy term was due to the perfection of the legislation in Indonesia, he noted.

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Stealth / SAC J-31
« on: March 17, 2018, 05:09:06 PM »

Shenyang J-31 which was unveiled in late 2014.

China Topics / SAC J-11
« on: March 17, 2018, 05:02:30 PM »

Shenyang J-11 based on the Russian Sukhoi Su-27

China Topics / China Takes Delivery of 10 Russian Su-35 Fighter Jets
« on: March 17, 2018, 04:55:14 PM »
China Takes Delivery of 10 Russian Su-35 Fighter Jets
Russia has delivered the second batch of Su-35 fighter jets to China, according to a source.

By Franz-Stefan Gady
January 04, 2018
The People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) took delivery of a second batch of ten Sukhoi Su-35 multirole fighter jets, a source within the Russian government’s Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation revealed on December 22.

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Neither China nor Russia have publicly confirmed that the delivery took place.

China signed a $2 billion contract for 24 Su-35 fighter aircraft in November 2015. As I reported in December 2016 (See: “Christmas Day Gift: China Received 4 Su-35 Fighter Jets From Russia”), the first four Su-35 fighters arrived on December 25 at a flight training center of the PLAAF in Cangzhou City in Hebei province in northern China.

The per-unit cost of the Su-35 is estimated at $83 to $85 million. The contract includes training, ground, and logistical support. China first expressed interest in the Su-35 in 2008; official negotiations began in 2011. A preliminary agreement was reached in 2012.

The Su-35S (NATO reporting name: Flanker-E) is an improved fourth generation, twin-engine, multirole fighter aircraft powered by two AL-117S turbofan engines. The Su-35S is the latest variant of Russia’s Flanker-series.

The aircraft features an export-standard radar system — the Irbis-E passive-electronically scanned-array radar, capable of tracking up to 30 targets simultaneously and purportedly able to engage up to eight — an electronic warfare and communications suite, as well as a newly integrated receiver for the domestically-built BeiDou satellite navigation system.

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Stealth / Re: Combat debut of Israeli F-35s
« on: March 17, 2018, 03:59:48 PM »

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Photo by Angel DelCueto     
Job Reference Number: FP161047 Murray     
WMJ Reference Number: 16-03883     
Customer: Allie Murray, Communications   
Event: AS-1 First Flight, CO-1 Flight 
Aircraft: F-35, Israel     
Location: Fort Worth, TX       
Date: 07-25-2016 
Time:  1200-1400

Stealth / Re: Combat debut of Israeli F-35s
« on: March 17, 2018, 03:51:13 PM »
Israel orders 17 more F-35A stealth fighters jets | air recognition - 28 November 2016
Israel will buy 17 more F-35A stealth fighter jets yesterday, after a vote of approval yesterday, Nov. 27, by the country's Security Cabinet. This additionnal batch of "Adir" fighters will bring up Israel Air Force to a total of 50 F-35A by the end of 2030. These fighters are to be purchased with the military foreign aid received from the U.S through a Memorandum of Understanding signed in September 2016.

srael's F-35A Adir performing its maiden flight on July 25 (Credit: Lockheed Martin)


Israeli F-35s to be declared operational in December | IHS Jane's 360 - 22 June 2017
The operational status will apply to the five F-35s already delivered to the IAF as well as all future jets on their arrival. Israel has ordered 50 jets to equip two full squadrons, with final deliveries expected in 2022.


Second Adir F-35I Squadron is on the horizon for Israeli Air Force | Air Recognition - 31 July 2017
After seven months of integration and preparation for IOC (Initial Operational Capability), the second “Adir” F-35I Squadron is on the horizon as its establishment team is expected to begin working next summer

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Integrating this aircraft is extremely complex. It is a long maturation process and it is fundamentally different to the way we integrated other aircraft such as the ‘Sufa’ (F-16I) ‘Baz’ (F-15I) or the F-4 Phantom”, explained Lt. Col. Yotam. “In contrast to them, in this case we are integrating an aircraft that is still being developed. Earlier generation aircraft had software updates, but in the ‘Adir’, basic systems are updates as well as software. The F-35’s development process is completely different from any other aircraft’s”.

F-35I Adir. Israeli Air Force picture by Celia Garion


Israel orders additional F-35s | IHS Jane's 360 - 29 August 2017
Israel will purchase an additional 17 Lockheed Martin F-35A Joint Strike Fighters, the Israel Ministry of Defense (MoD) announced on 27 August.

The order was placed by the MoD’s procurement delegation to the United States after it had been approved by the Israeli cabinet.

The aircraft are scheduled to arrive by December 2024, at which point the Israeli Air Force will have a fleet of 50 F-35As – known as the F-35I Adir in Israeli service - divided into two squadrons.

The Israeli Air Force (IAF) should have the 33 aircraft that it has ordered under two previous transactions by 2021.

A photo released by the IAF on 20 August shows an F-35I Adir carrying out aerial refuelling with a Re'em tanker from the Desert Giants Squadron as part of the new type’s operationalisation programme. Source: Israeli Air Force


Israeli Air Force Declares Adir F-35I Operational | Air Recognition - 06 December 2017
A new age in the IAF: merely a year after arriving in Israel, the “Adir” (F-35I) fighter was declared operational. The fifth generation fighter jet, manufactured by “Lockheed Martin” is considered one of the world’s most advanced fighter aircraft.

The IAF “Adir” (F-35I), which landed in Israel a year ago, was declared operational upon the completion of an initial operational capability inspection. Picture by Maj. Ofer

F-35I Adir. Israeli Air Force picture by Celia Garion

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